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Notes from Red Sox Nation
I'm not a huge baseball fan--or a sports fan in general--but I do enjoy living in a town full of them. A player did an Irish jig after winning the championship, so the news went and talked to a local step dancing school and interviewed fans trying to learn it on the street. And in this morning's paper, there was a confused-sounding article about how Rockies fans could be so very nonchalant about the whole World Series thing, with a Red Sox Nation girl who's in college out there baffled that there are seats available still, even moreso when someone explained that it was because there was a Broncos game the same night. I mean, that's just... unnatural!

I'm hoping that we win again. It's fun when we win, because, well--this is a baseball town. I lived in a football area growing up, and Western New York is to the Bills as New England is to the Red Sox, so to me, so this seems the perfectly normal way for fans to behave. (Right down to the deadly rival team--in Boston, it's the Yankees; in Buffalo, it was the dreaded Miami Dolphins, whose games always had the biggest fanfare, and their own cheer: "Squish the fish," which is better, imho, than the unofficial Red Sox cheer, "Yankees suck!", which is chanted no matter which team is being played.)
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trinity_clare From: trinity_clare Date: October 25th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, I live in a state that pretty much only has football, more football, college hockey, and occasionally college basketball, and most excited we ever get about our baseball team is when they break .500, which has happened maybe twice in my whole life. So it's not that I don't understand the idea of being a sports fan, but the idea of people getting that excited about baseball is just alien to me.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffalo didn't have a baseball team and would have rather died than root for New York team, but they were really hot to get a baseball team, just so they could have someone to root for the way they root for the Bills. ;p
sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: October 25th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a devout Angels fan in the middle of a number of Red Sox fans, I find your observations very amusing. Our one Rockies fan is just like "Colorado fans are just happy to have gotten to the World Series." But, as I am not longer in the thick of the actions, it is funny to sit back and watch the rest of the fans bicker (and, as I'm in Dublin, the Irish are very confused about our passion from something not soccer or hurling...).

And, for the record, Irish jigs are incredibly hard. I wish those trying to learn them good luck.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
And, for the record, Irish jigs are incredibly hard. I wish those trying to learn them good luck.

Especially after the copious amounts of beer consumed.

Here's Papelbon doing it. I have no idea what the music is, as my sound isn't on. Now imagine drunk fans on the street trying to copy it!
keestone From: keestone Date: October 25th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmm. I am vehemently anti- spectator sports, but I would sit through an entire game if it meant I got to ogle those legs. ;D
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: October 25th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I live in the Denver area and was under th impression that tickets were still available because of the Rockies site freezing up constantly with so many people trying for tickets. Though, as a Rockies fan I do think everyone's just excited they made it this far even!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could be. Though the article said there were 18,000 tickets left when the girl checked. Maybe she just checked at a fortunately non-freezey time!
timesink From: timesink Date: October 25th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can have one more win, and then all the wins go back to the National League, where they belong. {g}
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, at the rate I'm going, I'll be back in a Triple-A town by next Series, so, you know, whatever. (g)
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: October 25th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are their own kind of fun, too. When I lived in Savannah (the Sand Gnats! [hee] Losingest team in all baseball- really!), we went to the games pretty regularly, and while not stellar example of the game, they were fun. I'm not really that into baseball, but you could get a beer and a hot pretzel and listen to some really good heckling. One time, the hitter who subs for the pitcher (can't remember what that's called) was so crap, the crowd started chanting, "Put the pitcher in!" It was fun.

Plus, the team names are great. Besides the Sand Gnats, there are the Carolina Mudcats, the Chatanooga Lookouts, and my personal favorite, the Montgomery Biscuits.
mistralcat From: mistralcat Date: October 25th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favorite minor league baseball team name is the Batavia Muckdogs. It was *voted on by the fans*.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Snerk. Why does that not surprise me from Batavia? Oh, well, it has more personality than "Clippers." Gotta give it that!
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timesink From: timesink Date: October 25th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, nasty factses, all over my Elysian Fields... Shoo, facts, shoo.

Besides, I didn't say the wins *were* there, I said they *belonged* there. ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Violet Azure

Hey Fern!

As a Bostonian, it's so exciting to see everyone all excited for the World Series. Someone at work is even going to be The Green Monster for her Halloween costume (she's going to wear all green and glue little baseballs to her shirt). I've always been more into football than baseball, but there's definitely an energy in the air. I heard Boston was a lot like this in '70s, except back then it was basketball and hockey that got the town going!

Go Sox!


Violet Azure (aka Mrs. Tom Brady)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Violet Azure

Isn't it fun?

I want a parade. We get the best views for the parade from work.
ncp From: ncp Date: October 25th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Violet Azure

You can't be Mrs. Tom Brady, I'm Mrs. Tom Brady!

Hmm... maybe we should team up and get rid of his supermodel baby-mama before we start fighting over him, what say you?
ncp From: ncp Date: October 25th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I lived in Chicago for the last two years, and the fans there were true fans, too. Da Bears got to the Superbowl, and every single skyscraper had blue and orange lights at the top and spleed out something cool in their window lights. The lions in front of the Art Institute wore Bears helmets! When the White Sox got to the World Series, the city was ecstatic. ALL conversations revolved around baseball, and even the Cubbie fans got involved (mostly to root against the White Sox, but at least they were passionate about something).

Here in California, no one cares. Yeah, you have your Raiders fans, but they're more scary than anything else. It's not like the whole region turns into a giant mass of red-and-gold (49ers) or black-and-orange (Giants), or what have you. There are two baseball teams, two football teams, and not even one decent rivalry. And I'm not entirely sure it's because the teams are mediocre either.

I miss the excitement and the sense of community that you see when everyone is rooting for the same team. I was never a Sox (either city) fan or a Bears fan (although I am a Pats fan), but I love seeing the people around me get overexcited about sports.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know... it's a totally harmless fun way to be the total tribe for a little while. It's just amusing, man. It's fun to get worked up about it.
From: smishli Date: October 25th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
In general I'm a pretty laidback person, so my friends are always shocked when they see me watching a Red Sox game, screaming at the television screen and insulting the competition. I'm not even a huge sports fan either, I'm just from Boston. I was programmed to act this way :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. I couldn't tell you one football game from another, but darn it, I'll scream obscenities at any team playing the Bills. It's total geographical predestination.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Yankees don't suck at baseball, they just, you know, generally suck. They're called the "Evil Empire." It's all those interchangeable haircuts, I think. Makes it look like the military, instead of like a bunch of guys out having a good time playing baseball.

Boston and New York City are never going to much like each other. They never did. Even if they had the same number of titles, it wouldn't change. Doesn't mean you won't have a whole lot of Bostonians up in arms if someone actually hurts New York--that's different--but in general, I think both cities will root against whoever is against the other one, because the rivalry is fun and adds some spice to life.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, if the Indians had been playing anyone other than the Sox, they'd have had my vote. The Buffalo Bisons are affiliated with them, after all. But as Buffalo lost its bid for its own franchise to the Rockies, I shall never be a Rockies fan. ;p
xtineebee From: xtineebee Date: October 25th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
One never really can chant "Yankees Suck!" enough, I feel. As a West Coast AL girl, I was always taken with the passionate dedication of the Sox fans while I was in college out there, and was delighted to bond with them primarily over the utter loathing we all mutually felt for The Hated Yankees. LOL!

That said, I want the Sox to win, but as a fan I want the series to go to all seven games, because I HATE the end of the season, and the descent into the long, cold winter filled only with limited football and endless, tortuous basketball....
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: October 25th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know exactly what you mean! My dorm is right in Kenmore Square, and I can actually here Fenway during the games. It's quite crazy, because I hear the cheers before I see what happened on TV. When we won the pennant I didn't get any sleep because of the noise. I'm surprised they didn't wake me up last night when we won again.

I can't believe there are tickets still available! I wish they were more affordable. I'd love to go to a Red Sox game.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 26th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. I could care less about sports myself - but the Red Sox rule. Like I say sometimes, people who think being a Red Sox fan in Boston is like religion don't know what they're talking about. After all, you don't _have_ to belong to any particular religion to live there. The Red Sox thing is nonnegotiable.

Come to think of it, it isn't even nonnegotiable. Living in Boston and not being a Red Sox fan is a little like living at the bottom of the ocean when you can't breathe water. Why would you even try?

tinykeegs From: tinykeegs Date: October 27th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hear, hear! I'm not a 'fairweather fan', I'm more of a... well NOW things are exciting enough for me to watch ;) And it was Papelbon who was jigging. And yes, jigging is incredibly hard, and he wasn't really jigging, more of a flailing about in an Irishy style, but it's endeared him to the Red Sox nation :)
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